Rainforests house more than 50 percent of all plants and animals found on land. However, every day, we lose more than 137 species of plants and animals due to rainforest destruction, and more than half of the Earth’s rainforests have been lost due to human demand for wood and arable land. LETE, a purpose-driven New Zealand-based sustainable brand producing functional and fashionable bamboo activewear, is here to change this.
Founded by Dan Wilson and Paulina Ciurzynska, LETE is the activewear brand for the consumer who wants to make impactful purchasing decisions. Sustainability, ethical production, giving back and transparency are at the core of LETE’s processes, and the beautiful, quality-made and functional women’s and men’s activewear is as stylish as it is sustainable. LETE has full control of their supply chain, from cradle through to gate. The team has cultivated strong relationships at every stage in order to ensure their high environmental and social standards are being met.
LETE’s manufacturing partners uphold BSCI’s Code of Conduct, which essentially means that working conditions and workers’ rights are of the utmost importance. Fair Remuneration, Occupational Health and Safety, Ethical Business Behaviour, Decent Work Hours, No Child Labour and Protection of the Environment are just a few of BCSI’s 11 core labour rights, and each is adhered to at every step of LETE’s supply chain. That’s what we love to hear.
LETE’s ethical activewear is independently tested and inspected by SGS (formerly known as the Société Générale de Surveillance); is OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified; features GOTS and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified; and is entirely PETA Approved Vegan. Bamboo, the eco-friendly material of choice for the LETE activewear, was chosen because it reflects the companys’ own commitment to sustainability. Bamboo is an extremely fast-growing and renewable resource, is moisture-wicking, is biodegradable and contains its own natural antimicrobial property. Almost 90% of LETE’s women’s and men’s activewear is crafted from Tanboocel, an environmentally-friendly, breathable, durable and UV-resistant bamboo fabric manufactured by a Chinese company, Jigao Chemical Fibre Co. Tanboocel manufacturers are committed to closed-loop systems, meaning that no chemicals are released into the environment at any stage of the production processes.
What’s more, in order to minimise the production of new plastics – because, let’s face it, we don’t need any more of that in this world – the LETE sustainable activewear contains recycled elastane. LETE also utilises plant-based dyes, as these environmentally-friendly dyes are less harmful both to you and to our precious planet. Oh, and LETE aims to be completely polyester-free within five years, music to our ears.
Want to know where LETE sits and what they’re working on in terms of these 5 values? Hover over these values to find out.
One of the best things we can do to battle the climate crisis is save our forests and replant what’s already been cut down. HalfCut helps to raise awareness and funds to do just that, and for the price of $2.50 per square metre of forest, they’re saving the Daintree Rainforest in Australia and giving it back to the Traditional Owners, the Kuku Yalanji Bama people, to manage for the long term. For every item that we sell, $2.50 from that sale will go towards buying back rainforest. HalfCut will then match that amount, making $5, which will then be used to buy up to two acres of rainforest that we will be able to protect for its lifetime and giveback to the Traditional Owners.
We ensure that we audit once per year through the BSCI audit system. We put goals on our manufacturers to improve year on year on their audit score so that they are always improving their working conditions we have so moved them from a D pass to a Cpass our goal is to get them to an A then A+
We ensure all of our patterns are digital and only use recycled elastane in our garments, We also ensure our bamboo only come from FSC certified bamboo forest.
We give back our time in doing local clean up projects with various organisations and invest about 3% of our total profit into buying back rainforest.
We have full control of our supply chain from cradle to gate, shipping, etc we have ensured we have relationships at every stage of the process to control the process so we know where our goods come from and meet our environmental standards. We wouldnt have it any other way.
Behind the Brand
“We wanted to make activewear that was so comfy you wouldn't even want to take it off - as well as ensuring that every step of our production process was as ethical and sustainable as possible”.